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Poster: Reade Date: Jun 2, 2019 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Springer's Inn

A journalist embedded with the band for parts of the spring of 1969 produced the following account of this very morning, 5/30/69, 50 years ago (1). <BR>And for the other bookend, consider the review from the guy who gave the entire band a lift after this gig (2). <BR>From the sound of things -most prominently the performance itself- this is what I'd call one good, loooong day:<BR><BR>1)"Seven o’clock Friday morning Santa Barbara was deep in pearly mist and Jerry Garcia was pacing back and forth in an alley behind the motel, quietly turning on. One by one, yawning and grunting, the others appeared and clambered into the Pontiacs. It was the start of a long day: 8 AM flight to San Francisco, change planes for Portland, crash in the motel until the gig, play, then get to bed and on to Eugene the next day... the thing to do was to get on with it."<BR><BR>2) Reviewer: Loren E - November 23, 2010 <BR>"As I'm starting to back out of my parking spot, the whole band, with their girlfriends, are walking by. Joking, I say as I'm leaning out my window, "Hey Jerry, you need a lift?" To my surprise he answers, 'Why yes, our van is parked about a mile up the road.'<BR>I was driving my 1940 Chev Sedan Delivery, with running boards along the side. The band &amp; the girls climbed inside or on the running boards &amp; we made it very slowly thru the crowd to their vehicles... I had just had the whole band in my 40 Chev &amp; would have those memoirs with me the rest of my life."<BR><BR><a href="https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/good-old-grateful-dead-103056/" target="_blank">https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/good-old-grateful-dead-103056/</a><BR><BR>

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Jun 2, 2019 12:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Springer's Inn

That was a long read Reade. Thank you.<BR>It is good to be reminded it was not all milk and honey but that friends and families fight too. The warts and all make it more real.<BR> I am going back to Springer's Inn.<BR>The bookend picked up from the story where they ditched the cars to walk the rest of the way to the show.<BR>

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Poster: Reade Date: Jun 2, 2019 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Springer's Inn

Not all milk and honey. Some days real beasts. Rented Pontiacs, airports, changing planes, SoCal, NoCal, Oregon, all to get from Santa Barbara to a strange venue in East Portland they had to walk the last mile to. And once there they still hadn't played their first note! <BR>When you're in your twenties everything's possible apparently.

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Jun 2, 2019 3:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Springer's Inn

the nitrous helped once they got there <BR><BR>his view of Jerry<BR>"Some call Jerry a guru, but that doesn’t mean much: he is just one of those extraordinary human beings who looks you right in the eyes, smiles encouragement, and waits for you to become yourself. However complex, he is entirely open and unenigmatic. He can be vain, self-assertive, and even pompous, but he doesn’t fool around with false apology. More than anything else he is cheery – mordant and ironic at times, but undauntedly optimistic. He’s been through thinking life is but a joke, but it’s still a game to be played with relish and passionately enjoyed. Probably really ugly as a kid – lumpy, fat-faced, and frizzy haired – he is now beautiful, his trimmed hair and beard a dense black aureole around his beaming eyes. His body has an even grace, his face a restless eagerness, and a gentleness not to be confused with “niceness,” is his manner. His intelligence is quick and precise, and he can be devastatingly articulate, his dancing hands playing perfect accompaniment to his words."<BR><BR>could have done without the ugly part but warts and all

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Poster: Reade Date: Jun 2, 2019 3:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Springer's Inn

Hated that part too. The only false note. The rest is a soaring solo, confident and melodic, not overlong, and drops us right back down on the one. <BR>This paragraph has always been to me the best quick sketch you could ever read about who he was at that point in his life. It has balance and depth, not your typical piece where the counter culture hero is fawned over.<BR>

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 2, 2019 8:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Springer's Inn

Thanks; it was good reading that stuff again...moved offices, and yesterday I "took down" my Jerry and MtnGirl photo (the one we've seen here many times prior)...moved and "reposted" it at the new location. 24 yrs ago this summer it was placed on my door--hard to believe; anyhoo, that's the Jerry described here.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 3, 2019 3:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Springer's Inn

This guy...

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Poster: Reade Date: Jun 3, 2019 4:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Springer's Inn

Yes, that's the guy, yer honor. I'd know him anywhere!